Swedish vendor Ericsson has revealed that it has been selected by Mobile Broadband Network Limited (MBNL), the joint venture between UK mobile network operators Hutchison 3G UK (H3G UK) and EE, to manage operations and maintenance of the MBNL radio access network. According to Ericsson, it will provide MBNL with a fully managed end-to-end operations service including the network operations centre, network performance and optimisation, field support and maintenance. Further, the five-year contract will also see Ericsson offer multi-vendor spare parts management services, both for MBNL’s 2G and 3G networks, as well as for EE and H3G UK’s respective deployments of 4G technology. No financial details of the agreement were disclosed.
Commenting on the deal, MBNL’s managing director Graham Payne said: ‘Since the formation of MBNL in 2007 we have achieved a great deal by consolidating a complex network infrastructure to deliver the best network at lowest cost. Ericsson will deliver a further enhancement to the service levels we achieve, and drive continuous service improvement and innovation to further extend our lead in positive customer experience’.